M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering

Admission Requirements 

Students should consult the College of Engineering section in the Graduate Catalog for information on general admission requirements. Applicants are expected to have a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering or a related field from an ABET accredited institution in the United States, or proof of equivalent education from an international institution.

Students apply through the Graduate School, submitting an application form and the following supporting materials:

  • Official transcripts of all previous academic work.
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores. The GRE requirement is waived for students who have obtained a degree from the College of Engineering or the College of Science at UTEP.
  • Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if appropriate.
  • Personal Statement of Purpose
  • Two letters of Recommendation

General Degree Requirements

All students follow a 30 credit hour program that is composed of (15) credit hours of core coursework and (6) credit hours of approved graduate level coursework in areas outside the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department. For students following the Thesis option, there is a requirement to take six (6) credit hours of thesis and (3) credit hours from the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering department. For students following the Non-Thesis option, there is a requirement to take (9) additional credit hours of coursework from the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering department.

No more than six (6) semester hours of approved upper-level undergraduate coursework can be used to satisfy the degree requirements in the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering programs. All coursework must be approved by the student's academic advisor and by the Graduate School. Specific requirements for each master’s program are available from the Industrial Engineering Program.

Degree Requirements Summary


                                                            Thesis Option (in credit-hours)                        Non Thesis Option (in credit-hours)


Core MFG coursework                                              15                                                                               15


Graduate IMSE Electives*                                         3                                                                                  9


Graduate Electives**                                                 6                                                                                 6


Thesis                                                    6 (MFG 5398 and MFG 5399)                                                        0


Total                                                                            30                                                                               30


*At most, six (6) credit hours of approved senior-level undergraduate coursework, and, at most, three (3) credit hours of Individual Studies can be included in the degree plan. 

**At most six (6) hours of approved graduate level coursework in areas outside the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department can be included in the degree plan. IMSE Department courses can be used to satisfy the Graduate Electives requirement.

All coursework must be approved by the department’s graduate program director. All courses listed in the degree
plan require a grade of C or better for successful completion. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 30

MS in Manufacturing Engineering (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Non-Thesis Option
Core MFG Coursework
Select fifteen hours of the following:15
Design for Manufacturability
Strategic Design-Mfg Processes
Robotics & Flexible Automation
Analysis-Mat'l Handling System
Modeling/Analysis-Mfg Process
Reliability & Maintainability
Computer-Aided Manufacturing
Green Energy Manufacturing
Special Topics
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Non-Thesis Graduate IMSE Electives
Select nine additional hours of graduate IE, MFG or SE courses:9
Graduate Seminar
Adv Production/Inven Control
Linear and Combin Optimiz Meth
Design/Analysis Indust Exprmnt
Computer Simulation Appli
Advanced Quality Control
Special Topics Industrial Engr
Individual Studies
Design for Manufacturability
Strategic Design-Mfg Processes
Robotics & Flexible Automation
Analysis-Mat'l Handling System
Modeling/Analysis-Mfg Process
Reliability & Maintainability
Computer-Aided Manufacturing
Green Energy Manufacturing
Special Topics
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Systems Engr Fundamentals
Systems Engr Management
Systems Requirements Analysis
Sys Intgrtn, Verfctn, & Valdtn
Systems Architecture & Design
Systems Engr Processes
Systems Modeling & Simulation
Thesis Graduate Electives
Select six additional hours of graduate courses from the College of Engineering, Science or Business6
Total Hours30